A brand-new village of mixed-users in cropping up on Olympic Boulevard, sandwiched between Grand Avenue and Hill Street (Olympic & Hill, Olympic & Olive, 1000 Grand Avenue). And a fourth mixed-user just announced its groundbreaking today, though work has been going on for months. This is the 201-unit Olympic & Olive project from Miami developer Lennar (not to be confused with Hanover's aforementioned mixed-user across Olympic, which bears the same name). Santa Monica's KTGY designed the building and hopes to set it apart from its nondescript sisters: a press release says "different varieties of metal on the skin of the building" will be a nice change of pace from the stucco used on most similar low- and mid-rise South Park mixed-users.
Olympic & Olive will have two-story "loft-style" apartments opening up to the sidewalk along Olive Street; the apartments—64 studios, 109 one-bedrooms, 28 two-bedrooms—will have open floorplans. The project also includes 4,000 square feet of retail that will likely feature a restaurant catering to the developer's desired "Gen Y" demographic (*cringe*), as well as a pool, roof terrace, and outdoor kitchen. And all those youngish people will also get lots of room for their bikes (221 spaces), a restrained amount of parking (228 spots), and three courtyards to sun their rapidly aging flesh when Olympic & Olive opens in two years. That'll be nice, since the units are on the petite side, between 500 and 1,100 square feet.
· Add One More 7-Story Mixed-User to East South Park Boom [Curbed LA]